60 days in Panama & Guatemala Itinerary

60 days in Panama & Guatemala Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Panama City, Panama
Bus:  1 h 15 min
1
Colon, Panama
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  5 h 45 min
3
Antigua, Guatemala
— 8 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h
4
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Chisec, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
8
Peten, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13 h
9
Cerro Punta, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Boquete, Panama
— 7 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
Panama City, Panama
— 15 nights
Ferry:  1 h
12
Contadora Island, Panama
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
End: Panama City, Panama

4
nights
Colon, Panama

Colon ©
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Colon side-trips: Portobelo (Black Christ, Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Gatun Locks, contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo, take in panoramic vistas at Observation Centre Canal Expansion, and stop by Panamá-Canal Railroad.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colon trip itinerary maker app.

Panama City to Colon is an approximately 1.5- hour bus ride. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Colon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Portobelo
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Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo

6
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bocas Town: Playa Bluff (in Bluff Beach) and Aamvecona (in Changuinola). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Starfish Beach, see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, get outside with Tajada de Sandia, and don't miss a visit to Random Art.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town road trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Colon to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In November in Bocas Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Bluff, Aamvecona, Up In The Hill, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Starfish Beach
Starfish Beach
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

8
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango), Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more) and Panajachel (Iximche, Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Antigua online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bocas Town to Antigua by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bocas Town in November, Antigua is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Panajachel, Santo Tomas Church, Valhalla Experimental Station
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

1
night
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santiago Atitlan holiday tool.

Getting from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

5
nights
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Get out of town with these interesting Quetzaltenango side-trips: Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil), Tak'alik Ab'aj (in El Asintal) and Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, make a trip to Central Plaza, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Quetzaltenango takes 3 hours. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Quetzaltenango. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Retalhuleu, Fuentes Georginas, Tak'alik Ab'aj
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park

2
nights
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 26th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lanquin journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in November, expect nights in Lanquin to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chisec.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin

2
nights
Chisec, Guatemala

Chisec ©
Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Laguna Lachua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): Head underground at Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha and then head outdoors with Candelaria Caves.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chisec driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Chisec takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Peten.

Things to do in Chisec

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha
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Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha ©
Cuevas de Candelaria Mucbilha
Candelaria Caves ©
Candelaria Caves

3
nights
Peten, Guatemala

Peten ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Isla Principal Topoxte and then explore the ancient world of Yaxha National Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Dos Pilas and then get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Peten trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Chisec to Peten in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cerro Punta.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites Outdoors
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Isla Principal Topoxte ©
Isla Principal Topoxte
Mirador del Rey Canek ©
Mirador del Rey Canek

3
nights
Cerro Punta, Panama

Cerro Punta ©
Cerro Punta is a city and corregimiento in Tierras Altas District, Chiriquí Province, Panama. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cerro Punta: Volcan (Sitio Barriles Museum, Lagunas Adventures on The Janson Coffee Farm, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Finca Dracula, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Azul, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Raquel's Ark, and get a taste of life in the country at Haras Cerro Punta.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cerro Punta travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Peten to Cerro Punta. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Peten to Cerro Punta. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Boquete.

Things to do in Cerro Punta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Volcan
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Finca Dracula ©
Finca Dracula
Sitio Barriles Museum ©
Sitio Barriles Museum
Arte Cruz ©
Arte Cruz

7
nights
Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Go for a jaunt from Boquete to Gualaca to see Los Cangilones de Gualaca about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcan Baru National Park, head off the coast to Isla Zapatillas, get lost in a book at Biblioteca de Boquete, and head outdoors with Finca Lerida Activities.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Boquete trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Cerro Punta to Boquete takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Cangilones de Gualaca, Isla Zapatillas
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Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees
Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) ©
Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail)

15
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Isla Taboga (Taboga Island Beaches & Iglesia de San Pedro) and Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion (in Gamboa). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), explore the activities along Gatun Lake, browse the different shops at Albrook Mall, and explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip maker website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Boquete to Panama City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Isla Taboga, Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
nights
Contadora Island, Panama

Contadora Island ©
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
Contadora Island is known for beaches and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Larga and stroll through Playa Cacique.

To plan Contadora Island vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Contadora Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva
Playa de las Suecas ©
Playa de las Suecas

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